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Alberta lays off 80 workers as they privatize driver exams

Earlier this week, Ric McIver, the minister of transportation, announced that by the end of the year, Albertans will be able to book road tests with local registry agents. Starting 1 December 2020, those needing to book passenger vehicle road tests can do so through local registry agents for tests to be conducted after 5 […]

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Invest in workers instead of tax breaks to attract employers

Don’t convince companies to move here through financial incentives. Convince them by having the best workers.

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Alberta has more rich people than any other province in Canada

Over 15% of those receiving income in Alberta make over $100,000 a year, the highest in the country.

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Alberta’s unemployment rate second highest in Canada

Alberta gained 9,700 jobs last month—it’s smallest increase since the pandemic began—but the forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas sector lost 9,100.

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Wages of non-union Canadian workers increasing faster than union wages

In fact, union wages are increasing at slower rate now than they were a decade ago.

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Alberta’s oil & gas sector lost thousands of jobs in August

Alberta gained 9,700 jobs last month—it’s smallest increase since the pandemic began—but the forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas sector lost 9,100.

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The average Alberta worker made $40.60 an hour in 2019

While researching data for my recent story on labour productivity in Lethbridge, I came across a dataset regarding wages in Alberta. I found some of it interesting and thought I’d share some of it with you.

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More permanent layoffs possible at University of Lethbridge this fall

This past May, the University of Lethbridge president and Local 053 of the Alberta Union of Public Employees signed a letter of understanding that set the parameters of definite layoff for unionized university support staff. The letter has an expiration date of 1 November 2020. A major part of the LOU was modifying section 31.3 […]

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A year after the Job Creation Tax Cut, Alberta has over 200,000 fewer full-time jobs

And that’s despite increases over the last two months. Even if you ignore job losses during the pandemic, we’re still short 52,600 full-time jobs.

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In June, Alberta recovered only a third of its pandemic job losses

The Alberta government released their June 2020 job numbers last week, and for the second month in a row, job numbers are up. But we still have a long way to go.